May 18, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 20
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EPA Files First Lead Work Rule Violation Case

A Rockland, Maine, renovator is facing penalties for allegedly violating lead safe work practice requirements under the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting more

International Window Parent Files for Bankruptcy

International Architectural Group LLC has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The company, formerly International Aluminum Corp., is parent of International Window Corp., Hayward, Calif., more

WDDA Urge Regulators to Stop Additional RRP Rules

Representatives of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance urged White House officials yesterday to block EPA efforts to expand its RRP rules to include new lead clearance test more

WDMA Applauds Congressional Letter to EPA
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is commending Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and a bipartisan group of 22 other House more

Lincoln Resumes Production

Five weeks after an EF3 tornado severely damage its final assembly facility, Lincoln Windows reports that is one again shipping more

Industry Ready to Embrace iPads

Manufacturers and dealers gearing up to take advantage of rapid developments in tablets and mobile more

AAMA Southeast Looks at Hurricane Testing

Attendees of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Southeast Region spring meeting in Charlotte, N.C., toured the new Institute for Business and Home Safety testing more

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The Talk...

Would you report RRP rule violations?
Yes, I already have.
Yes, I would.
Possibly, but not sure.
No, I prefer to mind my own business.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Many in the industry have problems with the EPA's lead paint rules. But I've also heard many argue that if the laws are in the books, they need to be enforced. WDDA representatives were in Washington just yesterday making the argument that enforcement of current regulations need to begin before EPA expands its those requirements further.

Well, it doesn't mean the EPA doesn't want to move forward with the addition of lead clearance tests, but enforcement of current rules has started.  The federal agency has filed its first case against a Maine contractor for not following lead-safe work procedures on a multifamily housing unit. He reportedly faces a minimum fine of $150,000.

The case was the result of an anonymous video post on YouTube. When I read that, I wondered who would do that? A competitor? A disgruntled employee?  I also decided it would be interesting to see how many of you out there might report such a violation.  So, that's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you too.  Why would you be willing to do such a thing? O why not? Is the punishment too harsh? Should contractors get a warning first? And, now that it's clear there will be some enforcement, what do you think the impact will be? Do you expect stepped up enforcement will help those companies that are following the rules?  Post a comment or email me and share your thoughts.


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